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The Admiral Was A Lady


Published 1950
Topics comedy, WAVES, romance


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042182/
Really enjoyable movie set just after WWII about a woman ensign (nicknamed the admiral) who falls in with a gang of lovable losers - four ex-GIs who work diligently from dusk to dawn at finding ways to avoid work. There's a silly subplot about them trying to get her back together with her long lost fiancee, and an even sillier sub-sub plot about a rich millionaire and meddling detectives. The main point of interest is the repartee between the "admiral" and the men. Sometimes she's tough as nails, but at other points it's like Dorothy's relationship with the tin man, the lion and the scarecrow.
Edmond O'Brien, Wanda Henrdix, Rudy Vallee, Steve Brodie, Hillary Brooke and more


Run time 1:26:29
Producer Roxbury Productions
Audio/Visual sound, black and white

Reviews

Reviewer: jahzoone - - April 3, 2011
Subject: Light Hearted Comedy
Where's Henry? He should be looking after his fiancee -- The Admiral -- Who, on the way back to Walla Walla, has gotten tangled-up with a band of Air Force veterans that are adjusting to life after war.
Reviewer: ratpacker - - March 29, 2011
Subject: A real stink bomb!
Only the most non-discriminating viewer could find anything worthwhile in this dog of a "comedy" that hasn't got a single laugh. O'Brien is a fine actor but a comedian he ain't. Tedious.
Reviewer: jareilly - - April 3, 2010
Subject: Charming
Nice post-war romantic comedy
Reviewer: picfixer - - February 8, 2010
Subject: Non-working stiffs
This neglected post-war screwballer was a box office flop that only became popular after it was released to TV in the mid-fifties. It is an entertaining romp that originally had missed the boat by being made years after screwball comedies had gone out of fashion. The plot doesn't amount to much, but then the plots in screwball comedies rarely did. It's the whacky situations and zany performances that counted - both of which definitely apply to this madcap romance. Wanda Hendrix is cute and feisty. Tough guy dramatic actor Edmond O'Brien is fine in a extraverted comedic role, and the rest of the cast keeps pace. The bottom line is eighty-six minutes of high jinks and snappy dialog that won't disturb a single brain cell. 4 stars and 8.5 on the fun meter. CAST NOTE: Wanda Hendrix' diminutive stature limited her film career. However, she gave a solid dramatic performance in the 16th century romantic adventure "Prince of Foxes," costarring Tyrone Power and Orson Wells. FOOTNOTE: Two other post-war screwball comedies that didn't succeed until released for TV are "It happened on 5th Avenue," (costarring Victor Moore and Gale Storm), and "The Great Rupert" (costarring Jimmy Duranti and Terry Moore). Both are worth checking out, if you can find them. "The Great Rupert" could be out of copyright.
Reviewer: 1110babe - - January 12, 2010
Subject: not the usual plot
Good writing, witty, warm, interesting.
Reviewer: earther - - April 6, 2008
Subject: Charming little movie, surprising fun
The admiral was indeed a lady who gets involved with a charming gang of post-WWII loafers on the 52/20 unemployment plan. The high points are the marvelous scams aimed at stretching the dollar and avoiding work. Also, Rudy Vallee was marvelous as the high powered, neurotic juke box king up against his nefarious, but beloved, ex-wife Shirley.
Reviewer: kelvinw - - October 13, 2007
Subject: Made me think
I really enjoyed this fun show. It is about 4 former WWII soldier trying to learning to cope with civilian life again. "The Admiral" is a lady who has also just returned and is also trying to figure out what to do after returning home.
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